Welcome to the US Naval Sea Cadets in Rhode Island. We have three units in the Ocean State: NCBC Battalion, at Quonset Point; NCBC Battalion, at Naval Station Newport; and FALCON Division, at Fields Point, Providence RI. NCBC units are sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 42; the Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-1 Davisville; and the Newport County Council of the U.S. Navy League. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is the only federally-sponsored nationwide youth association within the U.S. Department of Defense. The legacy of naval training for youth began with the Navy Apprentice Boys at the Newport Naval Training Station in 1874; this tradition eventually evolved into today's national Naval Sea Cadet program in 1958. Recognizing the importance and benefits of the Sea Cadets, Congress on September 10, 1962 federally incorporated the Naval Sea Cadet Corps under Public Law 87-655 (36 USC 1541). Locally, Sea Cadets have called Quonset Point/Davisville home since 1964; NCBC Battalion was organized through its association with the Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) at Davisville, with the standup of the unit in 1986.
The Cadet Corps program at Quonset Point includes two separate units: The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). The NSCC is for young people between the ages of 13 through 18, while the NLCC is available for young people from 10 through 14 (more on qualification standards can be found here). The NSCC is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, sponsored through the Navy League of the United States, and is supported by the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Official support of the USNSCC by the Navy is promulgated in OPNAVINST 5760.5C. Commander, Naval Recruiting Command is responsible for coordinating the U.S. Navy's support of the NSCC. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps has also been designated by the United States Coast Guard as their primary youth program; official support of the USNSCC is outlined in the USCG Public Affairs Manual COMDTINST M5728.2A.
NCBC Battalion currently has openings for the 2011-2012 academic year in both Cadet units for young people who have ambition, self-discipline, and a strong academic background. In addition to learning about the four sea services and the long maritime tradition of the United States, NCBC training provides Cadets with a solid foundation for building academic and social skills, teamwork, and critical thinking. NCBC offers preliminary training for the US Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine, and provides direct entrance assistance to all the service academies and for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) candidates. Our meetings are held on Saturday mornings in Building 7 of the Quonset Point/Davisville Port and Commerce Park, 35 Belver Avenue, North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Our unit's combined knowledge includes more than 51 years of training in math, science, engineering and military heritage. The goals of our unit include:
- Develop an appreciation for Naval History, traditions and customs and their role in national defense.
- Develop a sense of pride in our nation, positive qualities of patriotism, courage and self-reliance, confidence and strong moral character and good citizenship traits.
- Develop an interest and skill in seamanship and aviation subjects.
- Increase the advancement potential of cadets who may later elect to serve in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines.